We are sadden to share the news that former longtime local radio disc jockey Scott Murphy has passed away at the age of 70. New Jersey State Police confirmed today that the body found floating in a marsh near Wildwood Crest on Sunday was that of Scott. Scott was an avid boater and had a small boat that was his pride and joy. No foul play is suspected in Scott’s passing.
Scott Murphy had decades of experience working for local radio stations and DJ’ing weddings and special events. Scott was a longtime fixture at Coastal Broadcasting Systems where he worked part time and weekends as a disc jockey. His very popular “Starlight Ballroom” radio shows on Friday and Saturday nights were among the most listened to broadcasts in local radio history, and he attempted to play requests and dedications for everyone who dialed in.
Scott also was employed at the former Top 40 WCMC-AM where he worked nights, right after former News Director Scott Wahl who did the late afternoon shift in the 1980’s. When WZXL radio was launched as a rock and roll station, Scott moved to doing the overnight shifts there before he came to Coastal Broadcasting for many years of service.
Scott Murphy was one of the most humble, fun, engaging people ever to work in the local radio business. He was the type of guy who got along with all of his co-workers, treated each listener like he or she was the most special person in the world, and always arrived to work with a smile on his face and a stack or records or cd’s ready to spin. He later found a passion for boating and would spend many hours on his boat in between DJ gigs. Scott even penned a book called “Fun With Oldies” that is still listed on Amazon.com today, penned in 2007.
Scott did not have family members in the area, but always treated his friends, co-workers, and listeners as friends and was one of the nicest people ever put on this planet. Our hearts are broken to share the news with you. Scott Alan Murphy, 70. Rest in Peace Scott, you were a friend to all and one of the most talented broadcasters ever to call Cape May County home.